Derek Featherstone

Chief Experience Officer


Inclusive Design: Product and Process

In order to do accessibility well, you need two things: knowledge and skills. This workshop brings you both. You’ll learn how to implement accessibility into all phases of the web design and production lifecycle. You’ll examine and unpack your own process to understand how to align it with the needs of people with a wide variety of disabilities. And, you’ll journey side by side with Derek Featherstone through inclusive design activities that you can take back to your work and apply immediately to improve the quality of what you and your team produce.

There will be healthy doses of hands-on work, as well as opportunities to discuss the processes needed in order to kickstart a sustainable practice of inclusion in your organization.

As we progress through this very full workshop, you will:

– dig into specific needs of people with different disabilities when it comes to digital inclusion
– incorporate functional user needs into personas and other UX tools
– confidently design for people that have low vision, are Deaf or hard-of-hearing, have mobility impairments or even cognitive issues
– learn to ensure your design intentions are carried through to development
– start the process of scaling accessibility through pattern libraries and other tools


About Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone is an internationally known speaker and authority on accessibility and inclusive design. He has been working on the web since 1999, starting as a web developer. He migrated to the field of accessibility and quickly discovered the need to move thinking about accessibility and inclusion into the design process.

Derek is a former high school teacher, that brings his passion for education to the web industry. He founded and led an international
team of accessibility and usability experts at Simply Accessible, working with high profile clients to ensure they were crafting and
facilitating great user experiences for everyone, including people with disabilities.

Simply Accessible was recently acquired by Level Access, where Derek is now the Chief Experience Officer – focused on ensuring that
accessibility and inclusion are seen as an integral part of user experience and service design, rather than as a simple checklist afterthought.

Derek lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and their 4 children. He’s also a fitness instructor and 3-time IronMan triathlon finisher.